The technology / application and explanation of how it operates.
Your Facebook profile is the Web page other members will see if they look you up. It gives people an idea about who you are and what your interests include. To make it easier to find friends both old and new, Facebook gathers information about you and everyone else to create a dense network of contacts. The upside is that you’ll be able to see old classmates or co-workers who have Facebook accounts; the downside is that everyone else in that network will be able to find you.
Your profile has: - A space where you can upload a profile picture. - A friends section, which displays pictures of Facebook members you’ve befriended. - A section that shows the personal information you’ve decided to share with other members. This can include your birthday, work history, education and interests. - A mini-feed section, which informs visitors about what you’ve been up to. If you change your profile picture or add a friend, the mini-feed will display a message about it. When you visit someone else’s profile, you can: - Instant message, which opens up a Facebook application IM client - Sending the person a message, a function similar to e-mail - An option to add the person as a friend, if he or she is not already your friend — the next time the other member logs into Facebook, he or she will see the friend request and can accept, reject or ignore it.
Besides finding and contacting new friends, you can use MySpace to: - Create your own blog - Rank other peoples’ profile photos Grade your college professors - Post and view events going on in your area - Play games - Post and view classified ads - Discover new music and artists at MySpace Music On MySpace, your social network starts growing from day one without much effort on your part. Basic MySpace networking works something like this: - You join MySpace and create a profile. - You invite your friends to join MySpace and search MySpace for your friends who are already members. These people become part of your initial “Friend Space.” - All of the people in your friends’ Friend Space become part of your network. You now have connections to more people than you did 15 minutes ago. Some of the MySpace Music features include: - A built-in music player - User ratings/reviews - Artists rankings (by page views) - Featured bands - Show listings by location - Music videos by MySpace artists
Why is MySpace being used? MySpace is used for a number of different reasons, not just by youths but also older generations as technology advances. It is used to stay connected with friends, family, co-workers. Post videos of themselves (for example a monologue if they are wanting a career in acting) or videos that interest them. Upload short-stories or poetry for feedback. Music they have created or are interested in and leave updates on their lives for friends and family to see. http://groups.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=groups.groupprofile&groupID=100012429
How is it being utilised by the performing artist?
Actors, musicians and other performing artist understand the value of using social networking groups such as Myspace.
It is a free service anybody can sign up to use, performance artist use this to their advantage by displaying their work through the eyes of millions of people at just a click of a button.
http://celebrity.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=celebrity.directory It is also a communication platform between the performer and fans as their is text base messaging system intergrated in the Myspace interface.
Performing artist like to put samples of their work up Eg: Video clips segments from their movie, Audio recordings of musicians & drawings from art. One thing inparticular that performing artist use to promote themselves with Myspace are “Secret Myspace events.” These events promote the performing artist and their work, and it also gives a chance for the fans to meet the artist for Q &A and photo opportunities which is great for publicity. http://www.events.myspace.com/Event/6680036/RSVP-for-Tomorrow-When-The-War-Began-FREE-SCREENING
Amateur performers also prefer to utilise the Myspace interface for promoting themselves and also networking with other performers to callaborate work together, keep in touch with one another and also the hopes that one day they will be discovered sort of like these artist have been on Myspace. Here are some current celebrities that were discovered on myspace. • Tila Tequila (American pop singer): • Hollywood Undead (American rock band): • Lily Allen (British pop singer): • ColbieCaillat (American pop singer): • Soulja Boy (American rap artist): • Sean Kingston (American reggae singer): • Iyaz (American singer): • The Ting Tings (British pop singers): • Kate Nash (British indie singer): • Analog Rebellion (American indie band): • My Chemical Romance (American rock band): • Asher Roth (American rap artist): • Laura Marling (British folk singer)
Lastly, Myspace has several advantages over Facebook. One being that you are able to individually customise your myspace interface to your liking. By changing the background colours and text, and also the ability to be able add videos and music on your page and play on cue when a visitor comes is a “real hit in your face” experience. This compared to facebook makes my space more superior for the performing artist wanting to express the individuality through their myspace page.